Charlotte (40-35) just pulled out a big home win over Milwaukee in overtime, 87-86, despite coach Larry Brown getting ejected with 9:55 to go in the second quarter.
Here are 5 things I liked about the Bobcats' victory:
1) Playing without Brown. Charlotte didn't panic without its hall of fame coach (whose ejection is the subject of my column in Saturday's paper). In a very tight game -- it was a two-point game after one quarter, a one-point game at halftime, and was tied at the end of both the third and fourth quarters -- the Bobcats didn't lose their poise. Once, I thought Stephen Jackson might follow Brown right out the door on this one, but he calmed himself down.
2) Jackson's shooting. He scored 32 points (11-for-28), and the Bobcats needed every one. Gerald Wallace wasn't in the offensive flow in this one (five points) and too often passed off when driving to the basket. Raymond Felton was the only other Bobcat to even hit double figures, with 12.
3) Tyson Chandler's tip-back. Chandler tipped back an errant Felton shot with four seconds to go, allowing Felton to run the ball down and the clock to run out. "I knew Milwaukee was sending five to the glass, and I just tried to tip it over their heads," Chandler said.
4) The Bobcats' bench. D.J. Augustin, Stephen Graham and Chandler were all effective and outscored a potent Bucks bench.
5) The crowd. The announced attendance was 18,118 -- about 900 short of a sellout -- and it was very loud by Bobcats' standards.
9 months ago